CItiscape Fujifilm HDR

This photo was shot during an early dinner at a mall facing the office building block across. It was lucky that I got a window side table so I can take some shots, about 150 frames actually. Starting from when it was still bright upto blue hour and darkness took over.

Photo was shot at base ISO of 200 on my Fujifilm Xt1 camera, 3 brackets – with a stop difference each. Since it is slow exposure the dining table was used as base for stability, and some covers provided to eliminate reflections at the window glass.

(The technical part will be written in Indonesian language)

My other HDR photos ..

HDR Dengan Kamera Fujifilm XT1

Ini adalah citiscape HDR pertama yang saya buat dengan kamera Fujifilm XT1, menggunakan lensa Fujinon 10-24mm. Kelemahan kamera ini untuk HDR adalah cuma bisa melakukan bracketing exposure maksimum 3 frame dengan rentang 1 stop, tidak bisa lebih baik jumlah frame atau selisih stopnya. Tahapan yang dilakukan sama seperti membuat HDR lainnya:

  • Memotret dengan menggunakan file RAW, dalam hal ini ekstensi RAF.
  • Atur kamera ke fungsi exposure bracketing dengan selisih satu exposure.
  • Stabilisasi kamera dengan meja, dan atur komposisi. Pastikan horizon lurus pada live view.
  • Cari titik fokus (setting pada tombol AF-L adalah untuk lock setelah focus diperoleh jadi tidak berubah lagi)
  • Cari eksposure yang tepat, karena ISO dan aperture fix maka kecepatan yang dicocokkan.
  • Gunakan timer untuk mengurangi getaran berhubung tidak pakai shutter release. Saya setel pada 2 detik.
  • Usahakan tidak ada getaran lain selama proses memotret.
  • Buka file pada Lightroom dan pilih ketiga exposure yang ada, ekspor ke Photomatix untuk pengolahan HDR.
  • Pada Photomatix pilih preset yang sesuai dan disesuaikan detailnya dengan selera kita. Saya gunakan salah satu preset Fusion yang ada, karena kelihatan sangat natural untuk foto ini.
  • Hasil Photomatix dikembalikan ke Lightroom dan diberikan sentuhan akhir sebelum diekspor langsung ke Flickr.

Demikian sharing saya membuat foto HDR ini dengan Fujifilm, Photomatix dan Lightroom.


Blue Hour Citiscape


Bromo At Dusk

Things could not always be seen,

But still they are there,

Their existence based on knowledge,

That it is there eventhough not seen.

Not everything could be captured by us,

But we still believe it exists.

Believe. Trust.

Live is beautiful.

[Bromo 2013]


Bromo After The Sun Sets


Ulun Danu Temple At Dawn

Early morning at the twilight zone,

Dawn is the time to enjoy,

Beatiful lights of the nature,

Such as the beauty high in the Bedugul lake,

Where Ulun Danu Temple was.

[Bedugul, 2013]


Pura Ulun Danu – Before The Sunrise


Bromo Clouds

The clouds are coming,

This is a new day,

A fresh start for all,

A new chapter opened,

White and comfort,

As the cloud is seen.

[Bromo 2013]



Clouds Are Coming


Bromo Batok Semeru

It is early in the morning,

Jeeps racing to the watching point,

People going against the coldness of the morning.

All waiting for a new day to come,

Starting all over again,

A new hope begins.

[Tengger 2013]


Batok, Bromo And Semeru At 0445


Tidung Mangroves Sunrise

Early morning at the beach,

Watching the sun rising,

It fills our soul with new hopes,

The promise of another fine day to come.

Such is the hope from young mangroves,

Planted to protect the shore,

Providing better environment in future.

[Tidung 2014]


Mangroves At Sunrise


Light Leak - Iksa Menajang

Slow and long exposure photography could give us pleasant results if done properly. And this is a part of photography that I love to learn more, and practice more because there are so many things to learn. Even the easiest thing, the technical side sometimes still being overlooked and not done properly. So there is no other thing to say then keep on learning and sharing. As for the technique I will make another post, but here I will share one simple mistake that could ruin the day for you.

This time it is about light leaks, yes it is really stray light leaking from sources that made it to the camera sensor during the photo taking process. Long exposures take a long time and the small leaks must be accounted for, as it will create problem. The most common problem is forgetting to close the eye view finder during. On my full frame camera the eye view finder have a slider for closing the view and preventing light from leaking, so it is easy to do. But on my APSC/DX camera the eye view finder are not equipped with the slider, and  it have a separate view finder blocker to be attached, so most of the time it is easier to have a piece of cloth closing the view finder.

Another important factor that added the light leak is the direction of sun towards the view finder. With the sun coming from the side and/or behind of camera, there will be more light leaking as photo above. The result is so obvious, the light leaked so bad that its pink color totally ruined the photo. But just remember this, because sometimes out on the field things could be so confusing when we are not aware that it is light leak not color cast from the filter being used.

When the direction of sun is coming from the front of the camera, the light leak could be very weak that could go unnoticed. For example, see the photo below from this post. The leak is not so visible, but we can see it at the rocks in the middle of the photo. It looks like an ordinary colored rock, but it is a leak.

So for this post conclusion is that never forget close the rear eye view finder while you are doing slow or long exposure, either by sliding the eye view finder lever or using cloth to protect light from entering the view finder. Or use both if possible.

See also:

Legon Pari - Iksa Menajang

Belajar Fotografi, Landscape

Light Leaks: Mistake Done Not Intentionally – A Learning In Slow And Long Exposure Photography